David Wellington's vampire novels are fantastic to read - fast-paced, thrilling, even educational on occasion! I have raced through the first three books of the series in a week, and my finger is itching to click on 'Buy' so that I can add the fourth novel on Kindle. There are some elements of the Laura Caxton stories that I would change - the very American obsession with guns 'n' ammo, for one - no wooden stakes here - and Caxton's mutating personality for another, but overall, I can safely say I'm addicted.Set a couple of months after Caxton's battle with the undead at Gettysburg, Trooper Laura Caxton is now in charge of her own unit, the SSU (Special Subjects Unit), tracking and destroying vampires. Or really, just one vampire in particular - her old mentor, Jameson Arkeley. But Arkeley isn't making her work easy for her, creating an army of half-deads and going after his own family. Caxton and Glauer, the dependable officer from the previous novel now working for the SSU, need to stop Arkeley - and the formidable Justinia Malvern - before he becomes a 'vampire zero', and makes other vicious undead killers.From the insecure, hyperventilating victim she was in the first novel, Laura Caxton has somehow transformed into a heartless, obsessive bully - into Arkeley, in fact. On one level, the change in her personality from passive to aggressive is convincing, but on another, wholly unattractive. Caxton's treatment of Clara Hsu, her live-in photographer girlfriend, is appalling, but at least Clara calls Caxton on her behaviour. I'm not sure what purpose is served by Clara, other than to play the neglected other half - Caxton is the type of antisocial character who shouldn't really have personal connections, but we'll see how long Clara lasts.I enjoyed delving more into Arkeley's human past, and meeting his eccentric wife and troubled children. (A prequel, set during Arkeley's vampire hunting career, would be interesting to read.) And the climax, in the abandoned mines beneath Centralia, was tense and powerfully atmospheric, once again. The guns are starting to bore me, along with the repetitive vampire worldbuilding in every novel, but Wellington has a talent for finding strangely appropriate historical locations in which to stage Caxton's battles.